If we choose to love a human more than we love God, we will never increase our ability to love them with the perfect love of God. God IS love. His Word says, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (‭1 John‬ ‭4:7-8‬) If our heart displaces God in favor of a human then—pleasing them becomes a higher priority than pleasing God; winning their favor takes precedence over winning God’s favor; and being close to them is more important than being close to God. We cannot have two–first loves. However, when God is our first love–because He IS love–He expands our ability to love. When we love Him with all our heart, He fills us with HIS love and we love others as HE does. When we give someone GOD’S love, we give them much more love than WE are EVER capable of giving on our own.

The ability to love like God begins with our salvation. Salvation awakens our soul and spirit from the dead and enables God to live through us. His Word says: “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. (1 John 4:9) When we love Him with all our heart, others SEE His love in us! His Word says: “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.” (1 John 4:11-12‬) When our love for God is the #1 reason for everything we do, His love fills us and enables us to love others with His incomprehensible love.

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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